Our nationally recognized physician assistant program will give you both the modern skills to be an indispensable member of a health care team and the cultural awareness necessary to effectively treat diverse populations.

By the Numbers

Top 5

Nationally Renowned

Our physician assistant program is ranked 5 out of 154 programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report (2018).


Success Rate

All of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2017 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey).

Mission, Policies and Certifying Exam Scores

Mission, Vision, Core Values and Goals

Our vision is to create a physician assistant workforce that provides high-quality, affordable health care that is accessible to all people in all settings by fostering teamwork, critical-thinking skills, high ethical standards and respect for diverse populations.

Service Work Policy

Due to the labor and time intensive nature of the Physician Assistant program, students are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled in the program.

Technical Standards

Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) Scores

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants is the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States. 

Below is the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Five-Year First-Time Taker Summary Report.

Class graduation year

Number of first-time takers

Program first-time taker pass rate

National first-time taker pass rate for the class graduation year





















Five-year, first-time taker average pass rate for program: 99.6%

Five-year, national first-time taker average: 96%

Career Development

Career development is paramount to a Quinnipiac education

We provide extensive resources to give you your best chance at career success. Our resources complement your classroom study and experiential work to create a unique combination that is sure to provide you with a competitive advantage.

7000+ Professional contacts and hundreds of job and internship opportunities are available to current students, recent graduates and experienced alumni through the Quinnipiac University Career Connections online job portal.

Student Profile: Anthony Boguslawski

Fulfilling a dream to help people

A strong sense of duty coupled with the desire to help others are what drive future physician assistant Anthony Boguslawski, MHS ’18. These are both traits the veteran developed while serving in the Iraq War.

Inspired by stories of his grandfather, a Polish WWII veteran who survived internment at Auschwitz, Boguslawski enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq in 2009. An infantry platoon leader, he led 40 soldiers at a small outpost in the remote town of Mahmoudiyah, from which he planned and coordinated all of his team’s missions.

“I realized then how the seemingly simple medical treatments that are often taken for granted can be incredibly significant, especially for the underprivileged,” Boguslawski said.

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Anthony Boguslawski, MHS ’18,  and professor wearing white coats interact with a tablet computer.

Tools to help

Anthony Boguslawski, MHS ’18, right, works with Dennis Brown, clinical associate professor of physician assistant studies.

Awards and Recognition

Military Friendly Top 10 School 2018-19 logo

Military Friendly

Quinnipiac is recognized by VIQTORY as being the top Military Friendly school in America based on our investments in serving military and veteran students. We exceed their standards in academic policies, admissions and orientation process, our culture, financial aid assistance, graduate rates and retention.

Unique Approach

Here, you’ll learn by doing

We deliver a set of market-tested learning outcomes specifically focused on preparing our graduates for career success. Practice and theory aren’t just integrated. They’re integral to how we do things differently.

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Curriculum and Requirements

MHS Physician Assistant Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredits
PY 501 Human Physiology 4
PY 503 Principles of Interviewing 3
PY 507 Principles of Electrocardiography 1
PY 508 Diagnostic Methods I 2
PY 515 Clinical Pathology 3
PY 517 Human Anatomy 4
Fall Semester
PY 502 Physical Diagnosis 4
PY 505 Clinical Pharmacology I 2
PY 506 Principles of Internal Medicine 6
PY 514 Diagnostic Methods II 1
PY 572 Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 4
Spring Semester
PY 504 History, Roles and Responsibilities of the PA 1
PY 509 Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology 3
PY 510 Principles of Pediatrics 3
PY 511 Principles of Surgery and Emergency Medicine 4
PY 512 Psychosocial Issues in Health Care 2
PY 513 Behavioral Medicine 3
PY 516 Clinical Pharmacology II 2
Second Year
Summer Semester
PY 526 Principles of Epidemiology 3
PY 536 Biostatistics 3
PY 546 Ethics in Health Care Delivery 3
PY 650 Medical Writing Workshop/Journal Club 1
Clinical Rotations  
PY 611 Clinical Residency I 3
PY 612 Clinical Residency II 3
PY 613 Clinical Residency III 3
PY 614 Clinical Residency IV 3
PY 615 Clinical Residency V 3
PY 616 Clinical Residency VI 3
PY 617 Clinical Residency VII 3
PY 618 Clinical Residency VIII 3
PY 619 Clinical Residency IX 3
Third Year
Summer Semester
PY 608 Graduate Seminar 3
PY 676 Comprehensive Examination 2
PY 648 Ethics/Health Care Delivery II 1
 Total Credits95

In addition to the intensive classroom study during the first year, students are introduced to the clinical application of their training by being paired with a graduate physician assistant or physician one half day a week. This is designed to facilitate application of the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom setting to the care of the patient.

Requirements for Graduation

Upon successful completion of the 27-month Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant program, students are granted a Master of Health Science and a certificate of completion as a physician assistant. Students must meet all of the following requirements in 27 months:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the PA curriculum requirements (including academic, clinical, medical writing, clinical logging, professionalism and community service requirements).
  2. Satisfactory completion of the PA program core competencies and essential learning outcomes.
  3. Satisfactory completion of all PA course requirements.
  4. Satisfactory completion of the capstone comprehensive examination.
  5. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Quinnipiac University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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